Dress Code for Clinicals

Keep in mind that you represent the UW School of Nursing, and that every clinical site represents the potential of future employment.


You are expected to wear business-professional attire appropriate to the standards of the site, a white lab coat (if appropriate - not usually used in pediatrics or mental health sites) and a UW School of Nursing nametag identifying you as a graduate student. You should check with your site about their expectations before the quarter starts.

The white professional jacket for women and men is available through the UW Bookstore South Campus Branch, various uniform stores, and through catalogs such as JC Penney and Sears.

Graduate students may opt for a knee-length lab coat.


Hair, jewelry and accessories must be worn in a manner where they do not fall onto the patient during examination and do not cause any safety risk to yourself and/or your patients.

Dress codes for most clinical sites do not permit backless or open toed shoes in compliance with OSHA regulations.


Because perfumes, colognes, and other scents, including lingering cigarette smoke, can cause significant airway distress to people with asthma, allergies, and/or chemical sensitivities, students are urged to minimize the use of scented products while at clinical sites.